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7 weeks postpartum and still bleeding

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

Hey all,

This is my first pregnancy so I don't know what is normal. I am 7 weeks postpartum and the bleeding is lighter but hasn't stopped yet. I had a retained placenta after the birth but they did an ultra sound to make sure it was all out. Should I still be bleeding at 7  weeks? When is this supposed to go away?

post #2 of 6

Is it significant bleeding or just some red still? I had not really significant but definitely not stopped bleeding till about 6 weeks, then passed a big clotty thing and then another week and then it stopped. My midwife didn't seem concerned, and that the thing to check for would be retained stuff, so if you've been checked for retained stuff already and it's not much bleeding I wouldn't worry yet. If it's been significant for a long time I'd be more worried. It's probably worth calling your provider though. Standard is supposed to be 6 weeks.

post #3 of 6
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It's red still not a lot though. I was checked for retained stuff right after the delivery but not since then (don't know if anything would be there if there wasn't when last checked). My midwife didn't seem concerned when I spoke to her last week, but this is getting annoying and seems never ending. I had a pretty big baby (9# 6oz) and I had her naturally so I don't know if the size of my baby makes a difference.

post #4 of 6
Are you nursing? I think that nursing moms stop bleeding sooner than non-nursing. Maybe the 6 week mark is for those who nurse? It is annoying and maybe you could look into massaging your uterus so that it will contract more? I bet in a few days to a week you will be all done. I remember right when I was fed up and slightly worried, it stopped!
post #5 of 6
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I'm exclusively breastfeeding and feeding on demand. A friend of mine is exclusively formula feeding and stopped within 4 days. I had a retained placenta after delivery and postpartum hemorrhage because of it, hence my concern. I mentioned to my midwife and she wasn't concerned but I'm so over this. I'm at my wits end.

post #6 of 6
That's so annoying, I'm so sorry! I didn't have too much bleeding after childbirth but I did after a miscarriage and it went on for months. Not heavy, but still. It was really frustrating. Again, I'm so sorry, that really sucks!
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